Once again Dunlap is using his experience of playing AAU ball with the Jackson Tigers as a way to improve his overall game.
"(Playing AAU) helps improve your game because you face so many great players, some of whom are better than you are," said Dunlap. "It helps you to work on your game so you can get better than them. In high school, you probably have a couple of players who are pretty good. On the AAU circuit, everybody who comes off the bench is good."
Among the players on the Jackson Tigers team is 2015 guard Malik Newman, one of the premier players in his class. Like Dunlap, he plays the two-guard spot. Dunlap sees it as a huge advantage to have a guard like Newman on the same team.
"It is good to have another good shooter on the team because if you just have one shooter they can key on you but when you have multiple shooters on the team the other team has to play really hard, aggressive defense to guard him," said Dunlap.
Not only do the Jackson Tigers have two great shooting guards but they also have outstanding big men such as class of 2014 6-foot-11 Joniah White and class of 2016 7-foot Thon Maker. Because of that, Dunlap expects big things from the Tigers this AAU season.
"We are good but we have several other players who will be playing for us, (class of 2015) Malik (Newman) and (class of 2016 7-footer) Thon," he said. "We should be pretty good this year."
You might think with all the talent on hand, just having one ball to shoot might cause some friction among the players. Not so, says Dunlap.
"We just want to play team ball and win," he said. "We will give the ball to the one who has the hot hand."
While the Jackson Tigers are his current team, his future team is the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He has kept up with them this season and expects big things in the future.
"I kept up with them this year," he said. "They are a young team, real young, and they still have a couple of players missing. Hopefully, next year, they will be even better and have an even better mindset of winning the SEC tournament and going to the NCAA tournament."
He likes what he has seen from his future team and believes he will fit in perfectly with the Rick Ray way of doing things.
"I watched them every time they played on tv and I try to see where I will fit in with them when I watch," said Dunlap. "I think I will fit in pretty good because they are a get up and down type team. And they play really hard. That's what I like to do so I think I will fit in good."
The Mississippi State coach recruiting him, George Brooks, keeps in contact with Dunlap.
"When I talk to Coach Brooks he mainly talks about my life and how things are going with me," said Dunlap. "He talks about my family and my grades."
A couple of other teams have tried to stay in the recruiting picture with Dunlap. And he is flattered by the attention but he knows where his heart is.
"I still get letters from Arkansas and Ole Miss," he said. "I have a whole bunch of them at my house. It's fun to see that teams are still recruiting me but I'm solid with State."
Dunlap, one of the nation's premier three-point shooters, recently played with the Jackson Tigers in the Battle of the South AAU Tournament, a tournament that was held in Jackson, MS, March 22-24. He not only scored the winning basket in the 11th grade championship game but during the final four games that he played in, he made 13 three-pointers.
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